In part 2 of this series responding to a question from Toby Campen to look at the thorny issue of conforming and re-conforming sessions in Pro Tools we had a great tutorial put together from Mark Franken, the developer of the Sounds In Sync EdiLoad v3, in which he explains why you would want to conform your original location WAV files (rather than use an AAF or OMF), how to conform your rushes using EdiLoad and the Pro Tools Field Recorder functions, and finally, one of the sync issues you might encounter when performing this process.
In the final part of this series we take a look at re-conforming and now we can easily handle changes to picture edits without having to start a Pro Tools session from scratch.
What Is Re-Conforming?
We are finding that more and more the so called ‘locked picture’ proves not to be so and we need a tool that will compare the two video EDLs and produce a set of changes that can be imposed on the Pro Tools session to trim, expand or move sections of the session to match the picture changes. Change Notes can be OK on simpler projects but are often make way to complicated by loads of video effects noise that completely swamp the relatively simple picture edit changes. Fortunately there are applications that compare two video EDLs and work from that. The 4 main players in this sector are Conformalizer, Reconformer, Virtual Katy and EdiLoad. These produce their own form of change note and then implement that in Pro Tools.
EdiLoad V3 From Sounds In Sync
Since version 3, Ediload has become both a conforming tool and and a re-conforming tool in the one package. EdiLoad v3 contains a 'Compare' window which allows users to find the difference between vision lists and create a list of picture changes. Prior to v3 this was handled using the EdiTrace website. Watch our show & tell review to see how it could work for you.
Podcast Extra Interview With Mike Wabro On Conforming & Re-conforming
In this podcast Mike Thornton discusses the issue of conforming with Mike Wabro
- What is an EDL
- The history of conforming
- How do OMFs and AAFs relate to the conform workflow
- What is the difference between conforming and re-conforming
- Using Sounds In Sync EdiLoad
Sounds In Sync EdiLoad v3.3 System Requirements
- Mac OS
- Version 10.7.0 or above (including 10.11)
- Windows OS
- Version 7, 8 and 10 (32/64bit)
- Pro Tools
- Compatible with Pro Tools and tested with Pro Tools 12.5.0.
- Reads version 10+ (.ptx) session files
- Writes version 7-9 (.ptf) and version 10+ (.ptx) session files
- Session Re-conform tested with version 9.0 -> 12.x
- Conforming requires the Pro Tools Field Recorder functions. This feature is available in either HD systems or systems with a CPTK license (when available). For this feature we recommend using Pro Tools version 10 and above.
- Confirm that the version of Pro Tools being used is compatible with your operating system version.
- 2nd generation USB iLok for trial and full licenses required.
Conformalizer from The Cargo Cult (formerly known as Maggot Software)
Conformalizer is an audio post production tool which allows sound editors to automatically re-conform to match a changed picture cut.
It works by comparing picture EDLs, XML, cutlists or change notes and creating a new "change EDL" which reflects the difference between two versions of the picture.
Conformalizer can then automatically re-conform your Pro Tools sessions, databases and mix automation to match the new version of the cut.
What's New In Conformalizer 4?
Conformalizer V4 has been completely rebuilt, from the GUI to the auto-conform code, and incorporates, in his words, a metric tonne of new features and long awaited bug fixes:
- Slick new GUI with much better use of space.
- Massive upgrade to the block view - scrub, select and more.
- Huge improvements to the VFX tracing workflow
- New collaboration tools like "Email conform/VFX summary"
- Fast timecode typing and better F&F support.
Using Conformalizer Over A VPN To re-conform "Plebs"
You can also read about how Alan Sallabank used Conformalizer over a VPN to reconform "Plebs" in his article on Pro Tools Expert.
Conformalizer Video Tutorial
Justin Webster from The Cargo Cult has made a video tutorial in which he walks you through the most powerful Conformalizer workflows, and reveals some of the new tricks in v4.
VirtualKaty say that one of the major strengths is keeping track of all your EDLs for each of your projects. It has features built on to help handle the vex noise and handle major changes enabling you move complete sections from one place to another.
VirtualKaty 5 is available for both Mac OSX and Windows and works with PT12, PT12 HD, PT11, PT11 HD, PT10 and PT10 HD. VK5 for MAC runs on OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11.
VirtualKaty 5 for Windows works with PT12, PT12HD, PT11, PT11 HD and runs on Windows 7.
If you would like to know more about how to use VirtualKaty 5 then hop over the Virtual Katy site and take a look at this tutorial by Mikael Jorhult in which he uses VirtualKaty to re-conform a previously imported Pro Tools session to changes and edits done in Media Composer.
Reconformer from Slothsound.com
Reconformer has been rebranded as it used to be known as Conformer. It is probably the least well known of the quartet, however it is gaining favour with some folk and has some nice features like copying deleted material and putting it at the end of the session so you don’t loose it, in case you need to ‘borrow’ content from the deleted section. Also it has a ‘floating window’ option that sits on top of Pro Tools and allows you to manually re-conform tracks interactively.
- Import change lists from Avid and Final Cut Pro (Pre FCP X only) editing systems
- Optimize lists by combining consecutive inserts and deletions
- Apply changes to an open Pro Tools session, either automatically or manually
- Import lists in feet+frames
- Skip redundant changes ("scene swaps")
- Handle inserts, deletes, trims, and moves
- Conform an entire list or part of one
- Optionally copy deleted material and paste it at the end of a session
- Open a floating window that sits on top of the Pro Tools application, allowing you to manually conform tracks interactively
- Print change lists with multiple levels of optimization
Reconformer System Requirements
- OS X 10.4 "Tiger" and above, including 10.7, "Lion"
- Pro Tools HD version 6 and newer
- Pro Tools Le version 6 and newer with DV Toolkit
- Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD version 9 and newer
What Do You Use?
So there we have it, I trust we have helped Toby Campen with his question on re-conforming, but as we often say here it is only together that we are Pro Tools Expert. So how do you handle conforming and re-conforming workflows, which software do you use to conform or re-conform Pro Tools sessions. What are your workflows? Do share in the comments below or get in touch with us using the Contact Us page and we would love to share your tips and workflows with the whole Pro Tools community.